Mogwai – Rock Action by Declan Shalvey



When did you first hear this album, and what were your first impressions?

I was 18, in my second year of Art School and I think I heard a housemate listening to it just after it came out, so it was either 2001/2003. I don’t think I even borrowed it, I just went and bought it the next day. It just washed over me, I was immediately intrigued and excited by it.

MogwaiAWhy did you choose this album?

It’s the very first Mogwai album I listened to and an album close to my heart. The band have had a huge influence on me and how I make my work. While I could have easily picked another Mogwai album I loved, if I had to pick one, emotionally, it made sense to go with the album I first experienced.


If you had to suggest one track from it, which would it be (and why?)

Probably Two Rights Make One Wrong. It’s a great long track, that does that great Mogwai move of slowly introducing you to a lovely piece of music, then more instruments come in and the song builds up and up to a crescendo, then slowly eases back down again. They’re masters at those kinds of tracks.

What is your favourite album cover?

Probably REM’s New Adventures In Hi-Fi. It’s weird, looking back at it now I can tell it definitely left a mark on my sense of composition.

What is your favourite cover version?
The Smashing Pumpkin’s cover version of Stevie Nick’s Landslide is a personal favourite as well as Devo’s cover of Rolling Stone’s Satisfaction.


What is your own personal theme song?

Architecture In Helsinki’s Do The Whirlwind.


If the album you chose was to soundtrack a comic, what would it be?

Cyril Pedrosa’s ‘Three Shadows’



You can buy the print here, check out Declan’s work here, and Mogwai here.

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